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Social Determinants of Health

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Grant Resources

COSA / Bexar County | Can make use of available funding at federal, state & local levels

Overview

Funds Available

COSA / Bexar Actions

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The federal government unlocked recovery funds to connect households in COVID and continued existing programs to expand broadband access

  • Recovery funds (e.g., CARES, CRRSA including EBB, ARPA)

  • Existing programs (E-Rate, Lifeline)

  • Capture available recovery dollars where applicable

  • Help orgs and households apply for ongoing programs while advocating for increased funds

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Various statewide initiatives have been launched in Texas to increase digital equity

  • Operation Connectivity (education-focused)

  • State budgets (e.g., new broadband legislation)

  • Leverage the funds and negotiated pricing unlocked by Operation Connectivity

  • Ensure adequate funding is passed in new state legislation

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Local city, county, and philanthropic funds support community-based initiatives and municipal projects

  • City / County budgets

  • Municipal broadband bonds

  • Identify the best strategies (e.g., municipal bonds, emerging tech) to connect communities

  • Fund community / city projects where support is needed most

​Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

  • COVID Relief Funding allocations to states for flexible use, including broadband

  • Education Stabilization Fund allocations for distance learning 

  • USDA and FCC broadband programs to expand access

​Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA)

  • Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Fund to connect low-income households to internet

  • Assistance for new or existing USDA, NTIA and FCC broadband programs

  • Rental Assistance administered by state agencies (including broadband services)

​The American  Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

  • Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for flexible use, including broadband

  • Coronavirus Capital Project Fund for infrastructure projects, with emphasis on connectivity

  • Others including school/library connectivity funding through E-Rate, inclusion of broadband as an eligible use of the Homeowner Assistance fund, expansion of the Rental Assistance fund

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

  • Infrastructure transformation creating jobs and raising wages, with significant funds for Broadband

  • Infrastructure investments across transportation, water, electricity, and broadband services

  • Goal of 100 percent high-speed broadband infrastructure coverage to un/underserved areas

Federal | Several buckets of recovery funds can be used for broadband access

Return on Investment

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Digital investments are foundational to reducing systemic inequities and driving the next generation of social and economic development

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individuals

Expands opportunities and reduces inequities for individuals

  • Increases access to education / job opportunities and unlocks greater societal inclusion

  • Increases economic potential as students with access make $2M+ more over their lifetime(1)

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returns to
community & society

Unlocks benefits across the community and society

  • Establishes new ways of learning in education through digital curriculum and skills building

  • Increases telehealth access, expands digital government, and supports a hybrid justice system(2)

returns to the
economy

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Generates a positive return on investment for the economy

  • Creates a $2.40 societal ROI (e.g., from increased earnings, taxes) for every $1 invested in digital access(3)

 

  • The presence of ultra-fast broadband leads to 3% average increase in new businesses formation(5)

Investment in digital generates positive societal ROI within 1-2 years and annual GDP benefits

1. VentureBeat.  2. San Antonio Business Journal.  3. Ecotone Analytics.  4. Delotte.  5. Econstor

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